Last week I had a craving for brownies, but I didn’t want to bake ooey gooey brownies with lots of sugar. So I hunted up a raw vegan recipe I had tried once before, Chocolate Chipotle Brownies. The first time I made them, I used the amount of chipotle powder recommended, but it was a little too much. So I lessened the amount and also changed the date sugar to maple syrup (because I didn’t have any date sugar!).

Here’s my version:

Chocolate Chipotle Brownies

INGREDIENTS (STEP 1)
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup walnuts
½ to 1 tsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/8 tsp chipotle powder

INGREDIENTS (STEP 2)
5 medjool (or moist, fresh) dates

INGREDIENTS (STEP 3)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Food process only the cashews, walnuts, cocoa powder and chipotle powder until they are a powder almost like the consistency of the coconut crystals or like brown sugar.
  • Add the dates, one at a time. Make sure to remove the pit first!
  • Finally, add the maple syrup and vanilla.
  • Shape into very small bite-sized pieces and refrigerate.

These are very rich, so bite-sized is really all you need. Enjoy!